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Anal Cancer Awareness Day is March 21st

by Jane Ashley

March 21st is Anal Cancer Awareness Day. The anal passage is the lower end of our gastrointestinal system. The anus is located below the rectum and is about 1 to 1 inches long. Two strong muscles, called the anal sphincter muscles, open and close to allow stool to pass from our bodies.

Anal Cancer Ribbon

Anal cancer is relatively uncommon, affecting about 8,300 (2,770 men and 5,530 women) people in the U.S every year. Almost 1,300 deaths occur annually from anal cancer .

Risk Factors

HPV virus. HPV causes...

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Amazing Things: Sandy Kyrkostas - Victory Over Stage IV Colon Cancer

by GregP_WN

Originally Posted on Health Matters, Stories of Science, Care, and Wellness by New York Presbyterian

When this TV and film producer was diagnosed at 47 with aggressive colon cancer, doctors gave him little hope – until he met Dr. Manish Shah.

Sandy And Michelle Kyrkostas

Sandy Kyrkostas isn’t the kind of guy who lets life’s little challenges get in his way.

So in late 2013, when he noticed he was having diarrhea, coughing a bit, and occasionally feeling dizzy, he went to the drugstore to get some meds. He also made an...

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Coping With Pain During and After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

All of us look forward to our treatments ending. We think that that we will have an uneventful return to normal life. But for some cancer patients, they suffer from pain after treatment as a late side-effect of their cancer treatment.

Pain

The causes of chronic pain are as varied as are the diagnoses. These are the leading causes of pain in cancer survivors.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Pain after head and neck cancers
Post-mastectomy pain

Oncologists estimate that about one-third of...

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The Value of Faith and Spirituality For People With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 69 percent of cancer patients pray for their health. A 2015 study of over 32,000 cancer patients found that patients with a religious or spiritual belief system reported feeling better. The study was published in 2015 in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Religions Of The World

Details of this report

Researchers and colleagues from Moffitt Cancer Center examined several published studies of cancer patients...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

One In23

Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, after lung and breast cancer (excluding skin cancer). Approximately 140,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the past year — 97,220 new cases of colon cancer (49,690 men and 47,530 women) and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer (25,920 men and 17,110 women). Ninety percent (90%) of all colorectal cancer occurs in people over 50. Colorectal cancer accounts for just over 50,000 deaths...

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Need a Break From Cancer? How About a Cancer Camp?

by Jane Ashley

We’re probably all felt like this. We need a break from cancer. We want to take a vacation. But we’re in treatment or have recently finished treatment — money is too tight for even a short vacation. 

Under The Stars

Have you felt like this? Do you feel like this today?

There are answers for your need to have a break. The answer is, “What about a cancer camp or cancer retreat?”

What is a cancer camp?

The idea for a camp, trip or retreat for people with cancer began back in the 1980s with pediatric...

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Rare Disease Day - An Opportunity to Educate and Advocate

by Jane Ashley

Rare Disease Day, the last day of February every year, is a day to raise awareness of rare diseases throughout the world. We, at WhatNext.com, hope to raise awareness of rare types of cancer on this day.

Rare Disease Day

What is the definition of a rare disease?

In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects less than 200,000 people at any one time. Europeans define a rare disease as one that affects less than 1 in every 2,000 people. Worldwide, there are at least 6,000 rare diseases.

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What Is Multiple Myeloma?

by Jane Ashley

Multiple myeloma (MM) is one of the blood cancers. It is the second most common blood cancer, after Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Multiple myeloma affects the bone marrow — malignant plasma cells replace normal plasma cells.

Multiple Myeloma

What do our plasma cells do?

Plasma cells play a critical role in our ability to fight infections. Plasma cells produce antibodies. Antibodies travel in our blood plasma and our lymphatic system to fight infections. Antibodies bind to antigens (foreign substances) and either...

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Prostate Cancer and Genetic Mutations

by Jane Ashley

More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than any other cancer (except skin cancer). One in every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. About 60 percent of men are over 65 when diagnosed.

One In9 Men

Facts and statistics.

Almost 175,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019. Although prostate cancer is sometimes characterized as a slow-growing, “something-else-will-kill-you” kind of cancer, prostate cancer will be responsible for over 31,500...

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Getting our bodies back into condition after cancer treatment is an important part of survivorship. Rehabilitation after cancer treatment can help us regain what we thought we might have lost and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

Flexibility

Evidence shows that physical therapy after cancer treatment is underprescribed. We might only think of physical therapy as being for people who were injured in an accident or who had hip-or-knee replacement surgery.

You may not realize that physical therapy can...

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